Critical Veterinary Care

A pet that is injured, ill or in need of acute care can be a frightening time for both you and your pet. We strive to not only offer state-of-the-art care, but to also completely explain procedures so that you have a full understanding of the problem and the care your loved companion will receive.

If you have any questions about any service we offer, we’re just a phone call away.


Dr. Djelmis is available during office hours to provide acute emergency care for your pet. After regular hours, we recommend the following should your pet have an urgent need for care:

We recommend the following for emergency care:

MedVet Hilliard
24 Hours
5230 Renner Road
Columbus, OH 43228

MedVet Columbus
24 Hours
300 E. Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, OH 43085

Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital
24 Hours
5020 Bradenton Avenue
Dublin, OH 43017

Pet Trauma

Your dog may need emergency care because of severe trauma—caused by an accident or fall—choking, heatstroke, an insect sting, household poisoning or other life-threatening situation. We are available during regular office hours to help your pet if an emergency occurs.

What Are Some Signs That My Dog Needs Emergency Care?

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing

  • Apparent paralysis
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding

  • Illness

    When a beloved pet seems a bit “off,” it could be a sign of mild or serious illness.

    Animals will may attempt to mask signs of illness. Be aware that any subtle change in your pet’s appearance or behavior could indicate illness.

    Some signs to watch for include:

  • Decrease in or loss of appetite
  • Decrease in energy or activity level
  • Hiding
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Blood in the urine or stool
  • Bloating of the abdomen
  • Straining or inability to urinate or defecate
  • Increased shedding or bald patches

  • Excessive scratching or licking of the body
  • Foul odor coming from the mouth, ears or skin
  • Lumps or tumors
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Limping
  • Seizures
  • Reluctance or difficulty in getting up or going up and down stairs
  • Abnormal vocalization (whining or crying)

  • Surgery

    We offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology.

    All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. We highly recommend pre-surgical blood screening as well as intravenous catheterization and fluid therapy before any anesthetic procedure.

    Surgical services and facilities include:

  • Board certified surgeon available for consultation
  • Fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet
  • Full blood testing
  • Warming pads and body temperature monitoring for greater comfort
  • Advanced sterilization techniques
  • ECG and blood pressure monitors
  • Intensive recovery care
    Most orthopedic, and some soft tissue surgeries are referred to a local board certified veterinary surgeon.
  • Radiology

    Radiology or X-ray is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract & lungs, heart and genitourinary tract (bladder, prostate).

    Radiology can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or to rule out possible problems.

    When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passed through its body onto a radiographic film. Images on the film appear in various shades of gray, and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Interpretation of radiographic film requires great skill on the part of a veterinarian.

    Sedation is frequently required to obtain a diagnostic x-ray.

    Pain Management

    Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. Illness, trauma, surgery and aging can all cause pain in our beloved companions. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.

    Hilliard Veterinary Hospital can diagnose pain symptoms and treat the underlying cause. We can offer suggestions for providing comfort at home, as well as provide prescription medication, if necessary, to help lessen discomfort for your pet.

    Hospice / Euthanasia

    Caring for a terminally ill pet and saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We work with clients to ensure their pet’s comfort if they are terminally ill and to handle their passing with compassion and dignity.

    Services include taking care of the remains as directed by the client.

    Special Services


    Ensure lost pets find their way back home safely and swiftly.


    Convenience and care come together with our in-house pet pharmacy services.

    Food Delivery

    Delivering happiness and health to your doorstep with our pet food service.

    Pet Insurance

    Protect your furry friend and your wallet with our comprehensive pet insurance plans.

    Get $15 off! NEW CLIENT wellness exam

    Great Value, Better Care.

    As a full-service companion animal hospital, the goal of Hilliard Veterinary Hospital is to provide an extraordinary experience to pets and their owners through excellent care and service.

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